Key Aero

Your aviation destination

Brought to you by the team at Key Publishing, Key.Aero is a must for all aviation enthusiasts. Enjoy world-class content from our leading aviation publications as well as exclusive insights covering all subjects from historic reports to military aircraft, commercial airline updates and flight simulation reviews.

We bring you high-quality, digital content written by passionate journalists all in one place so you can enjoy your passion to the fullest, wherever you are, whenever you want. Time to go explore!

Latest from Key.Aero

Explore the latest news and features by our world-class aviation journalists. Stay up to date on the latest military aviation developments, commercial airline news, historic restoration projects, flight simulation releases and much more.

An Ariana DC-6A/B at Kabul airport nearly 6,000ft above sea level. The airline carried 39,285 passengers in the Moslem year ended March 21, an increase of 3 per cent over the previous year. Feature Premium

1966 Afghanistan civil aviation flashback

A fascinating snapshot of the growing part aviation was playing in Afghanistan, as told in the July 28, 1966 ‘Aeroplane’

Vulcan to the Sky - Eight weeks to hit target

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) has until the end of the year to hit its fundraising target of £2.2 million needed to secure a mortgage and build a new home for Avro Vulcan XH558.

First operational test mission for the F-15EX

Full, large scale operational tests with the US Air Force’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs recently got underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The 57th Wing at Nellis announced on October 22 that the new type’s first-ever operational test missions were being undertaken at Nellis from October 18-25, paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es

Commercial space station project announced

Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin have announced plans to develop the first-ever free flying commercial space station

Sustainability testbed tackles contrails

Cambridge-based tech firm Satavia is working with Etihad to explore how to avoid producing contrails

AerCap buys GECAS

Irish lessor AerCap has acquired GECAS in a transaction that makes it the industry’s largest leasing company

News Premium

Ageing RCAF CF-188A/B Hornets engaged in busy EAP deployment

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) fleet of ageing CF-188A/B Hornets have been kept busy during ongoing Enhanced Air Policing operations based out of Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base in Constanta, Romania, alongside colleagues from the Forțele Aeriene Române/Romanian Air Force (RoAF)

London Gatwick Airport Feature Premium

How Gatwick plans to use northern runway for expansion

Could using an existing runway at Gatwick help ease London’s air capacity problems? Gordon Smith visited the West Sussex site to find out more

Historic Aviation Quiz: Coastal Command Edition

Have a go at this week's tricky Coastal Command themed Historic aviation quiz!

Transair 810 News Premium

Ditched Transair 737 recovered from ocean floor

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that major components of a Boeing 737-200 freighter which ditched in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii in July have been recovered.

Another successful USMC Australian rotation concluded

Another US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) deployment to Australia has successfully concluded. After an eight-month stay in the Northern Territory, the contingent of approximately 2,200 Marines and their equipment which made up the tenth iteration of MRF-D made their way home during September and October

X-Plane Touches Down in Saint Croix

The latest X-Plane 11 destination from Aerosoft is Saint Croix XP, the largest island of the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Q400 Takes Flight in X-Plane

Following several years of development, FlyJSim has announced the long-awaited Q4XP for X-Plane 11 is now available.

News Premium

Kuwaiti H225Ms deliveries continue

A pair of H225Ms (formerly known as EC725 Caracals) destined for the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), serials 615 and 616, were seen test flying during September from the manufacturer’s facilities at Marseille/Marignane, France

UAE repurposing for Emirates’ first A380

Emirates has signed a contract with UAE-based Falcon Aircraft Recycling to upcycle and recycle its first retired A380 aircraft

1 Sqn officers with their S.E.5a biplanes at Clairmarais aerodrome, near Ypres, in July 1918. Feature Premium

In all things first: The history of No. 1 Squadron

From the birth of military flight to operations over the South Atlantic during 1982, the Royal Air Force’s premier fighter unit, 1 Squadron, has always remained at the forefront of British aviation. Immersed in rich history, it has served as a capable strike force for more than a century, operating some of Britain’s most infamous aircraft during that time...

Vulcan pilot recounts scrambling for nuclear call out

Former Vulcan pilot John LeBrun knows first-hand what it is like to prepare for a nuclear scramble. In this video he describes the process in fascinating detail

SFO HMT1 facade Feature Premium

Inside SFO's new $2.4bn Harvey Milk Terminal 1

San Francisco International Airport’s Harvey Milk Terminal 1 has hit a new milestone with the launch of its latest phase as Kirstie Pickering reports

First One-Eleven 500 series for BEA photographed before its first flight, scheduled for today (Feb. 7), BEA is marketing the aircraft as the “Super one-eleven” and will put it into service on intra-German routes in November. Feature Premium

BEA’s first BAC One-Eleven Series 500

The BAC One-Eleven had achieved enough orders and sufficient potential for the stretched 500 series to be offered. BEA was the launch customer with details of the development of the variant explained in the February 7, 1968 issue of ‘Aeroplane’

The Monday Military Aviation Quiz 67

Welcome to the 67th Monday Military Aviation Quiz! How well do you know your modern military aircraft? Test your aircraft recognition skills here

Tribute to Martin-Baker legend unveiled

A fresh tribute to Captain Valentine Baker has been unveiled at the Aylesbury Vale Golf Club

Boeing delivers first KC-46A tanker to Japan

Boeing has delivered the first KC-46A tanker to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force following a 2017 Foreign Military Sales contract award for an initial aircraft, subsequently increased on options to four airframes

100% SAF study launched

A group of French aviation industry stakeholders has launched the first study of single-aisle aircraft running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel

Engine core partnership for GE Aviation and NASA

Jet engine maker GE Aviation is partnering with NASA to research advanced engine cores for single-aisle aircraft

Feature Premium

Aeroporto Bolognese: How Bologna Airport is standing out

With culinary treats and eye-catching supercars, Bologna Airport knows how to stay memorable. Andreas Spaeth travelled to the Italian gateway to find out more

What are you Passionate About?